EgyptAir: Plane Carrying 66 People Disappears From Radar

Flight MS804 was reportedly carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew.

Thae flight number MS804 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 280 km from the Egyptian seacoast.

A Greece aviation source told AFP that the plane carrying 66 people on board crashed into the sea off the southern Greek island of Karpathos while in Egyptian airspace.

Since EgyptAir is in ISIS territory, concerns are rising about terrorist activity playing a role in the disappearance of the EgyptAir flight. United States investigators filed a final report that concluded its co-pilot switched off the autopilot and pointed the Boeing 767 downward.

Earlier, the airline had said it had disappeared from radar 80 miles before it had reached the country's airspace.

The officials said the "possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed", and the search is now underway for the debris, according to the news agency.

Two months ago, an EgyptAir flight was hijacked by a man who forced it to land in Cyprus under the threat that he had on a suicide belt.

Flight MS804, an EgyptAir Airbus A320 en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo, has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board.

It said the plane, which was delivered to EgyptAir from the production line in November 2003, had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus said in a statement: "Airbus regrets to confirm the loss of an Egyptair A320, flight ‪#‎MS804‬. The Egyptian authorities have already sent air reconnaissance teams to the site, and France is ready to help with the search if the Egyptian authorities ask, of course", French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French media.

French President Francois Hollande confirmed the aircraft had come down, saying: "I have been informed that the aircraft that left Paris to go to Cairo has been lost". NBC is also learning more about the pilot and co-pilot, reporting that the pilot had 6.275 flying hours and the co-pilot had 2,766 flying hours.

Two aircraft, one C-130 and one early warning aircraft have been dispatched, officials at the Hellenic national defence general staff said.

The Foreign Office said it was "in urgent contact" with authorities.


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